Facts

Terrain

Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Arch support

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who need arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

Price
$130
Weight
Men: 12.1oz
Women: 10.3oz
Heel to toe drop
Men: 8mm
Women: 8mm

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

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Road

Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.

Trail

Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.

Competition

Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

Summary

We spent 5.7 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

6 reasons to buy

  • The Ultra Raptor features a breathable Air Mesh upper.
  • It has an EVA Rock Guard, which provide foot protection from stones and other debris.
  • Many testers were welcomed the durable nature of this running shoe
  • Stability is received from the mid-sole and even upper unit, both of which utilize components that keep the foot balanced and in place.
  • This shoe has the Sticky FriXion XF rubber outsole for impressive grip and traction on rocky surfaces.
  • The Impact Brake System lessens impact and improves the surface grip during uphill and downhill traversals.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some runners experienced slippage when running on technical terrain and wet surfaces.
  • The weight of this running shoe is heavy.
  • Its price is slightly expensive.
  • There were testers who noted that it was too bulky and unwieldy.

Bottom line

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is a neutral running shoe designed for trail running. It features a combination of comfortable, stable and responsive parts that give an adequate ride. You can use this shoe as a daily trainer or for long distance running.


Rankings


Ratings

4.4 / 5 based on 165 ratings

5 star
61%
4 star
27%
3 star
5%
2 star
2%
1 star
3%

My Rating

Expert Reviews

Experts are running shoe geeks, who post reviews at youtube, directly at RunRepeat or at their own websites. Each expert is categorized from level 1 to level 5 based on expertise. See stats on expert reviews and how we calculate scores here.

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85 / 100 based on 12 expert reviews

  • 88 / 100 by Acro Trail • Acro Trail • Level 2 expert

    I already put in a couple 100-kilometers, and it still look[s] like new. No issues with it. The outsole… is just a bit used up, but no pieces missing.

  • 88 / 100 by La Sportiva North America • Beth Rodden • Level 1 expert

    It's an amazing shoe.

  • 83 / 100 by Trail to Peak • Drew Robinson • Level 4 expert

    When it comes down to it, I’m on my second pair now, so clearly the functionality vs durability trade-off is one I’m willing to make.

  • 83 / 100 by Runultra • Fiona Russell • Level 2 expert

    For a durable, fairly grippy and very well structured shoe that offers lots of support, the La Sportiva Ultra Raptors are really good. - See more at: http://www.runultra.co.uk/Reviews/Products/Kit-review-La-Sportiva-Ultra-Raptor

  • 95 / 100 by Running Through The West • Morgan Hall • Level 1 expert

    That first run up the canyon was fun. I got up so high that I eventually was on snow for a few miles before I turned around and headed back down.

  • 87 / 100 by Trail Hippies Hiking • Trail Hippies Hiking • Level 1 expert

    These, here, are just amazing shoes and I can't say enough good things about them. Definitely check them out.

  • 86 / 100 by La Sportiva North America • Andrew Fast • Level 1 expert

    It'll keep up with you and withstand pretty much anything you throw at it.

  • 85 / 100 by Backpacker Magazine • Dan Larson • Level 1 expert

    You name it, it does it. It's a great shoe.

  • 85 / 100 by App Outdoors • Steve • Level 1 expert

    Excellent underfoot protection.

  • 85 / 100 by Backcountry.com • Morgan • Level 1 expert

    If you like to move fast in the mountains and need a shoe that not only performs while running, but for scrambling and hiking as well, I'd lace up the Ultra Raptor.

  • 83 / 100 by Criteek TV • Ross Wise • Level 1 expert

    These shoes are built like a tank and handle like a Ferrari. They will tackle the toughest trails in the toughest conditions and are very comfortable at any distance. These shoes are a great addition to your running quiver and my go to ultra shoe!

  • 74 / 100 by Hike Minded • Hike Minded • Level 1 expert

    I love this shoes and I hate them. They are superb on ascents, but a real pain in the ass on descents.

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Updates to La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

  • The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor features the Impact Brake lugged system that is specifically designed to lessen the landing impact and improved the traction for downhill and uphill runs.
  • It also comes with an enhanced outsole where the sticky rubber compound is strategically located, delivering an impressive traction and grip on technical and rocky terrains.
  • This shoe also comes with a heel pocket cushioning that delivers added durability and comfortable fir for a long-lasting running performance.

La Sportiva Ultra Raptor size and fit

The Ultra Raptor is true to its size. The heel, midfoot and forefoot areas are of standard measurements, giving a snug and comfortable fit. The men’s and women’s version is available in medium and wide widths.


Outsole

The Ultra Raptor features the brand’s FriXion XF outsole that delivers a full-length durable traction specifically designed for rocky and technical terrain. This functions with the aggressive impact lugs engineered to lessen landing impact for a more stable and responsive ride. The rock guard in the forefoot gives added foot protection from rock bruises while running on rocky terrain.


Midsole

The midsole unit of the shoe uses injected molded EVA that delivers moderate amount of cushioning. It also uses the Flex Transfer Shank that is specifically designed for torsional rigidity.


Upper

The upper of the La Sportiva Ultra Raptor is very breathable because of the air mesh cover that encompasses almost the entire upper. The flexible material offers a sublime fit. The lacing harness extends from the lacing eyelets to the midsole for a snug fit.